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Georgia: Beyond the Bulldogs

5 days getting to know Athens, Georgia and the surrounding areas

by miaonthemapAbout Me:Mia is a writer and drone pilot based in Indiana. She's spent more than a decade traveling the world and 5 years as an expat in Japan, Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), and Costa Rica. Mia on the Map was launched at the beginning of 2022 to doc... read more

North AmericaUnited States4 days / June 2022

Highs & Lows

Botanical Gardens and Helen, GA

Traffic in Atlanta

Itinerary Overview

As a former resident of Georgia for 4 years, I was eager to get back to see my friends and explore the places I had once called home. This particular trip began in Athens with day trips to Helen (for the Bavarian flair) and Atlanta (to satisfy my tastebuds and find the international cuisine I had been craving). 

Downtown Athens is packed full of Georgia pride in the form of bulldog statues lining the streets. The University of Georgia is right downtown and makes for a fun place to wander around. There are always events and music shows to see downtown as well. As an outdoorsy person, I love all of the local, state and national parks in this state! Trips to Helen and Atlanta can be a fun way to add different perspectives to your trip. Although it is not in this itinerary today, I highly recommend visiting Savannah, GA if you have time. 

  • 3 Nights: Athens
    Music, arts, and of course-football!
  • Day trip: Helen
    River tubing, Waterfalls, and a taste of Bavaria
  • 1 Night: Atlanta
    Culture and Museums

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I would have budget for more time to explore Atlanta. There is SO MUCH to do and see there.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    If you are renting a car in Atlanta, always budget for extra rush-hour traffic time as it can be quite hectic.

  • How was the food?

    FOR ATHENS: There is an incredible amount of delicious food and drinks in Athens. I recommend eating lunch or dinner at Cali N' Titos on Lumpkin st. for beach vibes and Latin flavors. Other favorites are listed below. For BBQ: Butt Hut BBQ, Dawg Gone Good BBQ or Fresh Air BBQ For Homestyle Southern Cooking: South Kitchen + Bar, The Place For Vegan+ Vegetarian: The Grit, Hi-Lo Lounge For Breakfast: Mama's Boy or a sweeter breakfast at Zombie Coffee and Donuts For High-Quality food: Last Resort Grill, The World Famous, The National, For Drinks: Creature Comforts, Trappeze Pub, The World Famous, Cutter's Pub ATLANTA: My number one recommendation is to check out the international cuisine. I always love visiting Your Dekalb Farmer's Market to pick up a few international dishes....Read More

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    For travel in Atlanta, if you plan on visiting some of the top tourist destinations, look into getting an Atlanta City Pass to help you save money on your entrance fees. The cost is $86/person for 5 attractions which will help you save a good deal if you plan on visiting the attractions listed on the city pass website.

  • Packing tips?

    Although Georgia is known for being warm, the winters can still get chilly. If you visit in December, I recommend you pack a winter coat to be on the safe side. If you visit Athens on game day, red and black should be your go-to color to match the Georgia Bulldog colors.

  • Transportation Tips?

    If you will be flying into Atlanta, The Groome Shuttle can get you from Atlanta to downtown Athens for about $50 dollars. For traveling within Atlanta you can use the public transportation system known as MARTA. Uber and Lyft are also popular in both Atlanta and Athens.


  • Graduate Athens. Close to the university and unique room design.

  • Loews Hotel or Airbnb. Loews hotel is a bit more of a splurge and could be a great way to cap off your trip. For a more budget-friendly option, there are plenty of nice Airbnbs in the area.